April 07, 2021 at 12:50PM

Cultural Appropriation is a very sensitive, and difficult topic to discuss. One says, “This is Cultural Appreciation” and other say “No, it is Cultural Appropriation”. Although I am still learning, there is one thing I can share on this – “The voice/pain is real”. Pain cannot be defined by majority decision. If there is even one with pain by someone’s ignorance, then I would like to support them. It is heartbreaking to see @albstoffe minimizing a voice from @made.by.yuki and others.

I cannot/shouldn’t talk on behalf of other Japanese, besides the topic of Sashiko/Boro. I am not educated enough to talk about textile design and textile marketing. “Personally”, naming a Japanese word for the product/business is NOT so painful “TO ME” When They Try to understand/respect the culture behind it. That’s the whole story about my story of Cultural Appropriation in Sashiko (check the video on Youtube). Here, since “Sakura” is used for their branding, I share how “respecting or wrong” it can be to use the word “Sakura” for their profit. I will make an article on Patreon available for while to share deeper insight. (https://ift.tt/3rVHCsX)

As Sashiko is more than a translation of “Little Stabs”, Sakura is more than a mere word for us. Sakura trees can be Sacred for the Japanese. It is okay that they didn’t know. They can learn today, then apply it with appreciation. The issue is “intentional ignorance”. Cultural Appropriation happens when one intentionally ignores the voice from the people in that culture. “Caring” is a boundary between Appreciation & Appropriation. 

もうお気づきの方もいらっしゃるとは思うのですが、僕は桜が大好きです。実家の目の前が桜並木だったこと。桜の物語が記憶にあること。桜の儚さと力強さ。語りだしたら止まらなくなりますが、米国で家を購入する一番の決め手が、庭の桜の木だったりした程のアホです。結果、めちゃ狭い部屋で寝てますが、全く後悔していません。

桜は日本の歴史と文化に深く関係があります。田の神を迎えるサクラとその神事が、「お花見」に変わる辺り、まぁ日本人らしいなぁと。桜を見ると心躍るのは、きっと日本人の遺伝子に組み込まれているかと思うくらいに。そんな桜について英語で紹介してみました。急いで書いたので駄文ですが、英語で宜しければ上記のPatreonの記事をご笑覧下さい。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #SashikoStitching #CulturalAppropriation #Sakura #桜 #刺し子


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